German govt spokeswoman declines comment on any Merkel-Trump call

January 27, 2017 12:50

BERLIN - A German government spokesman declined on Friday to confirm that Chancellor Angela Merkel was likely to speak on the telephone with US President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Ulrike Demmer, a deputy government spokesman, told a news conference in Berlin that such telephone conversations are only confirmed after they haven taken place.Earlier on Friday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Merkel is likely to talk to Trump on Saturday and the conversation is expected to focus on Russia.

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